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Unlimited Arts Calendar Oct. 14 to 28: Featured Is An Automotive And Musical Treat, But Also In The Spotlight Are Theatrical Extravaganzas, Rock Shows, Comedy Troupes And Much, Much, More


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 14, 2015 — The Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction will bring their new and extravagant showcase of cars from some the world’s greatest car collections to The Sound of Speed Street Festival and The Sound of Speed Concert at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. The festival will be held down Third Street in Downtown Phoenix and will begin at 3 p.m. with $10 admission. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with tickets $18 to $83. All proceeds benefit the Phoenix Symphony.

The concert celebrates the collision of cars, racing and music with a new ‘electrifying’ multimedia presentation and an all-American salute to veterans. Hosted by Malcolm in the Middle star and race car driver Frankie Muniz and with a special guest appearance by Brody Dolyniuk, the concert pays tribute to F1 racing, NASCAR, cars in popular culture and more. All ticket holders to The Sound of Speed 2 Concert will have complimentary access to the Street Festival. For more information, visit

The street festival offers guests exclusive access to a new and extravagant showcase of cars from some the world’s greatest car collections. Culinary creations from Valley food trucks will also be available, but the food is not included in the cost of $10 admission. For more information, visit The Sound of Speed 2 Pit Road Street Festival.

Oct. 15 and 18

Harry Potter fans can pull out their magic wands and gold and red ties for the return of the Halloween at Hogwarts special events Oct. 15 and 16 at the Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix (the Oct. 16 event is already sold out) and Oct. 18 at Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa. The Phoenix Symphony will contribute the musical potion — nearly 90 minutes of seasonal selections and even more memorable music from the Harry Potter films and an all new spooktacular dose of magic. For more information, visit

Friday, Oct. 16

Bialystock and Bloom are bring their (ahem) “talents” to Greasepaint Youtheater, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale, for a production of Mel Brooks’ The Producers. For in-your-face fun, one can’t do much better and don’t forget: it's ‘supposed’ to be funny! For more information, visit

Oct. 16 to 17 and Oct. 23 to 24

Don’t worry, Garth Brooks fans, rumor has it that Chris Gaines won’t be making six appearances with the country-music legend when he and Trisha Yearwood take up temporary residency at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Six shows: 7 p.m. on Oct. 16 and 17 as well as 7 and 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 24. For more information, visit Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Oct. 16 to Nov. 15

Gangs dancing and fighting instead of wearing droopy jeans and sports collectibles? It could work! If you agree, head on down to Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, for a month-long production of West Side Story. A couple of guys known as Bernstein and Sondheim did the score: Can you remember “Maria,” “America” and “I Feel Pretty”? For more information, visit Arizona Broadway Theatre.

Oct. 17 and 18

Sponsored by Phoenix Art Museum League, the 11th annual “Arts & Flowers 2015” exhibition features more than 50 award-winning Arizona floral designers, who interpret the Museum's artwork in breathtaking fresh floral arrangements throughout the Museum galleries, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Festivities include a luncheon Oct. 17 followed by floral workshops and demonstrations. Sunday features presentations by Arizona Bonsai Society and Arizona Highways. More information and tickets visit or

Sunday, Oct. 18

Just in time for some pre-Halloween activity, the Orpheum Theatre, 100 N. Third Street, Phoenix, will present Dr. Jeckyl & Mr. Hyde, starring John Barrymore, beginning at 2:30 p.m., as part of their “Silent Movie Sunday” series. World renowned organist Ron Rhode will be playing the Orpheum Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult, who pays $20. For more information, visit

When a band named the Heartless Bastards play the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, it may just be the rock show of the week. How edgy can one get after all when event-dropping. For more information, visit

Monday, Oct. 19

Miss Nasty, Janet Jackson — and we mean that definitely as a compliment — will bring her mind-blowingly intense act to the relatively intimate Comerica Theater, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. The name of the tour is Unbreakable. Knock on wood. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Although we refrain from religious events in the Unlimited Arts Calendar, this week, we have to push The Book of Mormon. Okay, it's not the actual Book of Mormon, it's the musical created by the guys behind South Park. It will inhabit ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Oct. 20 to Nov. 8. For more information, visit

Ooooh, Jazzman, play that music! The SFJAZZ Collective will bring modern jazz to the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix at 7 p.m. Tickets are $42.50 to $47.50, but the combined talents of Miguel Zenón, David Sánchez, Sean Jones, Robin Eubanks, Warren Wolf, Edward Simon, Matt Penman, and Obed Calvaire is VERY impressive as a unit. For more information, visit

Thursday, Oct. 22

Impractical Jokers’ "Where's Larry" Tour Starring The Tenderloins, will be at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, at 7:30 p.m. Expect some seriously crazy stuff when Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano take the stage. For more information and tickets, visit,

Friday Oct. 23

Jesus “Chucho” Valdes, who was the founder of the legendary group, Irakere, will bring an expanded 10-piece version of his current band, The Afro-Cuban Messengers, to celebrate the  40th anniversary of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Scottsdale. For more information, visit

Oct. 23 & 24

The two-day Apache Lake Music Festival showcases the best bands in Arizona. Period. End. Of paragraph. Well, not really, we still need to tell you that for more information, you can visit

Saturday, Oct. 24

The Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, will bring their new and extravagant showcase of cars from some the world’s greatest car collections to The Sound of Speed Street Festival and The Sound of Speed Concert at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. The festival will be held down Third Street in Downtown Phoenix and will begin at 3 p.m. with $10 admission. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with tickets for the concert $18 to $83. This one of a kind festival will benefit the Phoenix Symphony.  For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Sunday, Oct. 25

Hershey Felder will give a one-night-only performance of the Hershey Felder's Great American Songbook Sing-Along at the Arizona Theatre Company, 400 E. Van Buren St., suite 720, Phoenix. This performance will take the audience through 100 years of American music featuring his signature style along with lots of audience participation. For more information visit

Luke, bring your father ... or not ... to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, at 7 p.m. This is sure to be an epic adventure with John Williams’ acclaimed music which will include the “Main Theme” and the “Imperial March.” For more information visit

Monday, Oct. 26

Man in Black: the Music of Johnny Cash, an event to celebrate the life and music of Johnny Cash, is coming to the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, Ariz. Cash’s hits from the early days like "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Walk the Line" and all the way up through "Ring of Fire," "A Boy Named Sue," and "Ghost Riders in the Sky" will be brought to life by national touring artist Robert Shaw and his Lonely Street Band. For more information visit

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Stop “Running On Empty,” and get “On the Boulevard” to Jackson Browne at the Tucson Music Hall at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, Ariz. Joining Browne and his longtime band-mates are multi-instrumentalist-vocalist Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams. For more information visit

Wednesday, Oct. 28

The Toxic Avenger, a book by Joe DiPietro, is coming to the stage at the Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road. This R-rated rock musical includes a charming love story, a dash of corruption and stiletto-wearing backup singers, that will have you falling in “Hot Toxic Love.” For mature audiences only. For more information visit

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